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Japan recommendations, please - Northern Honshu and Hokkaido

dill | Jun 24, 200510:01 PM

I will be travelling around the Northern Honshu and Hokkaido areas and am wondering where you would send me for food along the way. I am hoping to find some recommendations for (but not solely):

1. Sake breweries or bottles to look for (likely in Niigata).
2. Kani or seafood in general in Hokkaido.
3. Any ekiben I should look for.
4. Temples at which to try some really nice shojin ryouri.

All food thoughts are really welcome regarding these regions. I know this is a very broad area, but we will likely take each day as it comes, and all of your recommendations will be taken into account along the way. I really do look forward to your responses.

Thank you very much in advance.

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